Journal article

Love Actually: Youth Mediators and Advisors in North India

Jane Dyson

ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOGRAPHERS | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

This article uses ethnographic research conducted in Bemni, a village in Uttarakhand, north India, to make a distinctive contribution to geographies of love. Building on fieldwork with young people between sixteen and thirty years old who work as “mediators” or “advisors” in Bemni in relation to premarital or extramarital affairs, I argue that practices and narratives of romantic love are strongly implicated in processes of social change. In the rural Uttarakhandi context, young people often use the idea of being specialists in “love” to bolster their own position and resolve conflict. I also provide a counterpoint to geographical youth research stressing the reactionary politics of marginal..

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